What Excites You About Being an Agent:
There are so many exciting aspects of agenting. For one thing: meeting new authors. I love interacting with authors whether they are my clients or just writers chatting on social media. Conversations with authors are never, ever boring. They are always such unique, creative, driven individuals, and each one likely has something new to teach me.
Another thing that excites me is having a hand in developing a story that will someday captivate so many readers. I love looking for those little areas in which wording could be sharpened just one more notch, or the tension could be amped up, or a character’s traits could be drawn out a little further for the best reading experience.
I also enjoy experiencing the process of publication with someone every step of the way. When I offer representation to an author, it’s because I truly believe in their writing, and I know they are capable of achieving any goal they set out to tackle. Being a part of that journey—from cheering them on when they face frustrations to making sure I add my voice to a celebration of success—is an absolute joy.
What excites you in a query, and what might make you disinterested in a query?
Queries are all about the writing, for me. Voice is critical. When those first paragraphs immerse me immediately into the character and setting, when I can vividly picture everything I read like it’s happening around me, that catches my attention. On the flip side, when a query starts with a character who is bored, or a setting that seems really bland, cliché, or told instead of shown, I struggle to be excited to find out what happens next.
Starbucks Drink of Choice:
I love Starbucks cold teas, but I live in Canada so I will have to give a shout-out to Tim Horton’s here! I take my coffee with cream all day long, and after a long night of singing in choirs, I take a honey lemon tea instead.
eReader or Print book:
Depends on the occasion! I like that I can read an ebook on my phone in a waiting room without juggling an extra item. But I read on the computer so much for work that when I get the chance to kick back with an old favorite, there’s nothing better than a hardcover, a blanket, and my couch.
Morning person or Evening person:
I’m an energetic person in general. I love quiet mornings, and I get to watch the sunrise every morning taking my kids to the bus stop. But weekend evenings, when the kids are in bed, my email is shut down for the night, and my husband passes me an Xbox controller… I really can’t choose between the two.